Businesses allowed to operate during MCO to prevent more job cuts, says Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA (BERNAMA) – The government’s decision to allow 38 types of businesses, including non-essentials, to operate during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) is to ensure business continuity and prevent more job losses, said Malaysia’s Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi.

He said although some businesses were non-essentials but they should be allowed to continue operating so that their employees get wages or salaries to ensure their livelihood.

“Although a furniture shop is not essential but if we don’t allow it to operate it will affect the business and indirectly affect the fate of its employees, especially when we are about to celebrate Aidilfitri.

“That’s why we have to look from the angle of ensuring business continuity,” he told reporters after launching the Jualan Prihatin Raya Programme on Friday.

Nanta said the high level of compliance with standard operating procedures was also a key factor for the ministry to allow the distributive trade sector to continue operating during the MCO.

Of the 528,581 premises inspected as of Wednesday, Nanta said 98.36 per cent or 520,028 complied with the SOP, 597 premises or 0.11 per cent were warned and only 178 premises or 0.03 per cent were issued compound notices.

On Thursday, the ministry announced that the distributive trade sector, including retail, wholesale and distribution network, can operate as usual throughout the enforcement of the MCO.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi. PHOTO: BERNAMA